Dreaming of a luxurious cruise vacation? Look no further! In this blog post, we'll compare two popular cruise ships: the Spectrum of the Seas by Royal Caribbean and the Genting Dream Cruise by Resorts World Cruises. So, sit back, relax, and let's cruise through a captivating comparison to help you choose the perfect cruise experience for your next adventure.
Spectrum of the Seas departs from Singapore and Yokohama (one-way trips only). There are round trips and one-way trips. Round trips go from 3 days to 9 days and stop at various ports around the Asia Pacific region whereas one-way trips are 12 days and stop at Singapore & Yokohama.
Genting Dream departs from Singapore and Port Klang, Malaysia; so you can choose between these 2 ports to depart. There are 5 Days and 3 Days packages available. Depending on the package you pick, the cruise will stop at Port Klang, Penang, Singapore and Phuket (deep sea port).
Onboard Spectrum of the Seas, you can choose between 4 main types of rooms which are; Interior Stateroom, Balcony Stateroom, Oceanview Stateroom and Suite Staterooms (there are many types of suites). The rooms in Spectrum of the Seas are slightly bigger than GEnting Dream and have more cabinets and compartments for storage. Unfortunately, the rooms don’t come with toiletries like toothbrushes and toothpaste. However, they have a 3-in-1 shampoo, body wash and conditioner dispenser attached in the shower room and ready to be dispensed. Bottled water is only provided on the first day. In the following days, you’ll have to buy it at the convenience store but be warned, it's quite 💸🥵pricy.
For an upgrade to ✨luxurious rooms and services, there is the Royal Suite Class. There are 3 tiers of Royal Suite classes, which are the Star Class, Sky Class, and Sea Class. The more you pay, the more perks you’ll get. This includes but is not limited to 🤵Royal Genie (butler), Coastal Kitchen access, laundry services and many more.
Actually, there aren’t many differences between the rooms in Genting Dream and Spectrum of the Seas. There are 3 types of rooms on the cruise and they are; Balcony Stateroom, Oceanview Stateroom and Interior Stateroom. Each room comes with basic toiletries like 🧴shampoo, 👩🦰hair conditioner, 🧼body wash, body lotion, 🦷toothbrushes and a 👱♂️comb. A few bottled water is also provided daily for FREE. In addition to that, if you think you can afford better rooms, don’t leave yet!
This is when The Palace comes into play. Defined as “a ship in a ship” this private enclave comes with all-inclusive privileges like all-butler services, all-suite accommodations and many more. There is only 1 word to describe the rooms, ✨luxurious. You can choose between the Palace Deluxe Suite, Palace Penthouse and Palace Villa.
This cruise ship by Royal Caribbean has a 📸photography service where photographers will be walking around the cruise and take your photos for free. Then, when you are free, you can head to the Photo Gallery on the 5th floor to get your photos printed. However, don’t say we didn’t warn you that the price is a bit…hefty💸.
No photography service.
There are 6 restaurants on Spectrum of the Seas where you can eat for free. You can also eat as many times as you want at any of the complimentary (free) restaurants. Compared to Genting Dream, Spectrum of the Seas has more restaurants (including speciality restaurants). Depending on which suite class you are in, you’ll have access either to Gold Dining, Silver Dining or both.
Vegetarian options are available. Unfortunately, the food onboard is not halal. However, you can request halal meals by filling in the Special Needs form 90 days before sailing.
There are 3 free of charge restaurants on Genting Dream for all passengers. However, you can only dine at 1 restaurant at a time. The 3 restaurants include a buffet spread of international and local cuisines, Western course meals, and a Chinese set meal restaurant. On top of that, if you are staying in The Palace, you’ll get free complimentary meals from these restaurants and the speciality restaurants!
The buffet spread is the only halal option on the 🚢cruise, and its kitchen is the world’s first OIC/SMIIC standard 🧕halal certified. The halal food and cutleries are in a different section from the non-halal ones. The same buffet restaurant also has a 🥕vegetarian section for herbivores. The Palace restaurant is not halal, but you can request a halal menu with food provided by The Lido (the only restaurant with a halal kitchen on the cruise).
In the SeaPlex Indoor Sports Complex, you can enjoy all sorts of exciting activities like 🏓table tennis, ⚽football, 🛼roller blading, 🏐volleyball and many people’s favourite - Bumper Cars! There is also Sasu’s Mystical Quest, an arcade game that shouldn't be missed, and all of these are free!
💃Dance classes and 👩🎨art & craft workshops are also available for those with an artistic flair. For babies and toddlers, there is the Royal Babies & Tots program, where parents can drop them off to be taken care of by trained staff. As for the older kids aged 3 -11, there is an Adventure Ocean program where kids within that age group can play with each other.
There are 🧘♀️fitness and 💃dance classes that you can join, and they all come with charges. However, on some lucky days (check your itinerary), you can join them for free! Other facilities like 🎳bowling alleys, 🎮arcades and 🎱pool tables can be used with some extra fees.
For the kids, there is the Little Dreamers Club, it is a childcare centre with a playground where parents can leave their children for a few hours to go on a date. The first 2 hours are free, but the subsequent hours require additional charges.
The outdoor activities on Spectrum of the Seas are slightly different from Genting Dream and catered more to young people. Some exciting ones include FlowRider Surf Simulator, RipCord by iFLY Skydiving Simulator and SkyPad (a bungee trampoline with VR experience).
Some of the free activities that you can enjoy on Genting Dream are rope course & zipline, 🧗♂️rock climbing wall, ⛳mini golf, 🏓table tennis and 🏀basketball. All these are at the Sportsplex. Some of these activities require booking, and some do not. There is also a large chess set and a 🏃♀️jogging track that goes around Deck 17.
Spectrum of the Seas has 3 pool areas. Two of them are outdoors, and one is indoors. The outdoor pools consist of an adult pool surrounded by shallow water for kids (just like the one on Genting Dream). However, this pool is much smaller than the one on Genting Dream and can get crowded in no time. There is no adult water slide, but there is a fun water playground with water slides (Splashaway Bay) for 👦kids and 👶toddlers.
Still, no worries because adults have their special area at the Solarium. This indoor pool with a jacuzzi and rest area is for adults only, no kid is allowed. You can only go in if you are of age 18 years and older. Abundant 🌞sun rays penetrate through the glass panels giving the whole place a warm ambience with a beautiful spa vibe. It’s a perfect place to just sit, relax and chit-chat. It’s much more quiet here, and you can grab a 🍸drink from the bar (with some charges, of course).
The pools on Genting Dream are all outdoors, which means you can bathe in the 🌞sunlight and in the pools! There is an adult pool surrounded by a shallow area for kids to play. For the elderly who prefer a more relaxing water-based activity, they can relax in one of the 4 jacuzzis scattered on each corner of the pool area. As for younger people who prefer a little bit of adventure throughout their stay on the cruise, there are 5 water slides with different levels of extremity that you can try out.
On the other hand, if you want a more private swimming experience with a sprinkle of luxury, there is The Palace. It has a huge outdoor pool and jacuzzis, which you can enjoy quietly without too many people.
Outdoor screening is available on Spectrum of the Seas; however, the seats are located far from the screen and are not directly facing the screen.
The night atmosphere at Zouk Beach Club on deck 17 is very 🥳🎉lively! There is a foam party for all ages where everyone can dance and enjoy catchy music while embroiled in white foam and colourful lights. This foam party is also available on the day, so make sure to check the itinerary given to you!
On the other hand, if you want to spend the night more relaxingly, there is the outdoor cinema with comfortable cushioned seats on deck 17. Blockbuster movies and live sports mtaches will be shown on the huge outdoor screen. You can check your schedule to find out what movie will be shown every night.
Casino Royale only acquired the space of one deck, making it smaller than Resorts World Genting at Sea. However, it is a complete casino with the usual 🎲table games and 🎰slot machines. Gambling lessons are even provided if you aim to be 😎Chow Yuen Fatt in the God of Gamblers.
The casino, Resorts World Genting at Sea spans 3 decks! There are slot machines, electronic table games, premium rooms and many more. Unlike the casinos at Genting Highlands, the Resorts World Genting at Sea is free entry. Plus, there are 🀄Mahjong tables scattered throughout the cruise ship for anyone who feels like having a game of Mahjong without going to the casino.
Both Spectrum of the Seas and Genting Dreamhave the same amount of decks. However, Spectrum of the Seas is slightly bigger and can hold about a thousand more passengers than Genting Dream. As for the price, it depends on the promotions running, but Genting Dream tends to be a bit cheaper than Spectrum of the Seas. Whichever ship you choose, both Genting Dream and Spectrum of the Seas offer exceptional journeys. No matter which ship you pick, happy cruising🥳🚢!